Succession Planning and Nominations

Succession Planning and Nominations for the 2020 Elections
(Two-year term of office begins in February 2021)

Click here to complete the nomination/consent to serve form and the Candidate's Statement

The strategic leadership of SNRS begins with our elected officers and members-at-large. Volunteer leaders of associations take on those roles because of their passion, energetic enthusiasm and commitment to the organization and its purpose.

The Succession Planning and Nominations Committee of SNRS is seeking those who have been members in the Society for at least two years and who have passion, energetic enthusiasm and commitment to contribute to the vitality and growth of SNRS.

Are you intrigued by the current Board vision for our Society?

To lead transformation of health outcomes through nursing research.

Can you imagine ways you could contribute to the Board’s vision for its work to ensure continuing organizational excellence?

The SNRS leadership group builds on valued organizational traditions while continuously and creatively positioning the organization to better meet the mission and more effectively respond to the evolving needs of current and future members.

If so, please consider the leadership opportunities available beginning in 2021, described below. Officer positions open for a two-year term of office (2021-2023) include those of Vice President and Treasurer. Three member-at-large positions are open: Director of Awards, Director of Membership and Director of RIGs. In addition, two members are elected to the Succession Planning and Nominations Committee.

Nominating and Election Process:

Completed nomination materials are due August 31, 2020Self-nomination is encouraged. Notification of selection to appear on the ballot will occur by October 2020. Electronic balloting will be open for three weeks ending on the national Election Day. Election is by majority vote as described in the bylaws. Election results will be announced in late November and newly elected Governing Board members will begin their responsibilities at the end of the 2021 Annual Conference. 

Nomination materials include:

  1. Completed nomination/consent to serve form which includes a brief (limit of 200 words) campaign statement to be used on the ballot. The campaign statement should include a brief summary of your research experiences, your prior leadership experiences, and your reasons for seeking a leadership position in SNRS.
  2. Current CV and headshot emailed to

If selected by the Succession Planning and Nominations Committee to appear on the ballot, you will be notified by October 2020. 

Click here to complete the nomination/consent to serve form and candidate's statement. Please be sure to email your CV and headshot to, with a subject line “SNRS Nomination Materials”. You will receive a confirmation email; if you fail to receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please contact the SNRS office at 1-877-314-SNRS.

Overview of SNRS Elected Officers and Board Members-at-Large.

An important opportunity for members is that of serving on the Governing Board of SNRS. The SNRS Governing Board consists of the officers (President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) and six members-at-large (Development, Communications, Grants, Awards, RIGs, Membership).

This leadership group sets goals, priorities, activities, and future direction of the Society. It establishes the major administrative policies governing affairs of the Society, oversees the finances of the Society, and transacts the Society’s business, both internal (e.g., conferences) and external (networking with other research-intensive nursing organizations). The regional research organizations have moved to the forefront of research leadership in the nation.

Members of the Governing Board participate in two in-person board meetings, on-site the first day of the conference and an early fall meeting, participate in 4-6 Board conference calls (unless more are needed), interact with SNRS committees as appropriate, and carry out their assigned responsibilities in an ongoing manner.

The following positions will be filled by election in fall 2020, with a term of office from February 2021- February 2023.

Vice-President: The primary responsibility of the Vice President is to provide oversight for the Annual Meeting according to established policies and procedures. The VP also serve as Vice-President of the Governing Board and Executive Council, conducts meetings in the absence of the President; and perform other duties as assigned. Past experience on an SNRS local planning committee or other meeting planning experience is needed.

Treasurer: The Treasurer provides oversight for the fiscal operations of SNRS and works closely with the SNRS Management firm to ensure that all financial operations are in accordance with federal law, ethical principles and Society policy and procedure. Responsibilities include oversight for fiscal operations of the SNRS Management firm, providing ongoing oversight of budget implementation, and leading fiscal planning in conjunction with the Finance Committee. Past experience with fiscal planning and budget oversight, as well as knowledge of fiscal spreadsheets and basic accounting principles, are needed.

Click here to see the expanded responsibilities and charges of the Vice President and Treasurer. 

Members-at-Large (3 openings): Participate in the deliberations and leadership activities of the Governing Board and carry out specific designated responsibilities.

  • Member-at-Large - Director of  Awards
  • Member-at-Large - Director of Membership 
  • Member-at-Large - Director of RIGs

Click here to see the responsibilities and charges of the Member-at-Large Director positions.

Nominations Committee Members (2 openings): Responsible for all aspects of Society elections and succession planning. Ideally, Succession Planning and Nominations Committee members are connected to a large network of people, friendly, able to ask people to run for office; knowledgeable or willing to become knowledgeable about the organization and the responsibilities of elected officers and Board members.

Click here to see the expanded responsibilities of the Succession and Nominations Committee

Student Network (3 openings): The Student Network Board shall be composed of a Chair, Chair-elect, and Secretary; all elected by the Student Network members. Student representatives will serve on SNRS Standing Committees to facilitate the work of each committee. 

  • Student Network Chair
  • Student Network Chair-Elect
  • Student Network Secretary

Click here to see the responsibilities and charges of the Student Network officers

Frequently asked questions:

Am I paid to serve in an elected position? No, SNRS is operated by a volunteer Board and a paid management firm. SNRS members are not paid to serve in Board positions or on committees.

How much time will it take? This is somewhat dependent on the position. Board conference calls are held about once a month. Some activities (such as member awards and grants) have periods of inactivity and periods of intense activity. Most board members spend at least a couple of hours each week on SNRS related business.

What are the requirements to run for office? The bylaws specify that to run for elected office, at a minimum, one must have been a member of SNRS for at least two years. The Succession Planning and Nominations Committee recommends a slate of candidates to the Governing Board based on an effort to ensure wide geographic and employment diversity, as well as ensuring that the best qualified are on the ballot.